Ramcharit Charcha DLXX

II Shree Guruvey Namah II

Jai Shri Ram,

II Sri Ram Jai Ram jai jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram jai Jai Ram II

II Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram II

तरु पल्लव महुँ रहा लुकाई। करइ बिचार करौं का भाई।।
तेहि अवसर रावनु तहँ आवा। संग नारि बहु किएँ बनावा।।
बहु बिधि खल सीतहि समुझावा। साम दान भय भेद देखावा।।
कह रावनु सुनु सुमुखि सयानी। मंदोदरी आदि सब रानी।।
तव अनुचरीं करउँ पन मोरा। एक बार बिलोकु मम ओरा।।
तृन धरि ओट कहति बैदेही। सुमिरि अवधपति परम सनेही।।
सुनु दसमुख खद्योत प्रकासा। कबहुँ कि नलिनी करइ बिकासा।।
अस मन समुझु कहति जानकी। खल सुधि नहिं रघुबीर बान की।।
सठ सूने हरि आनेहि मोहि। अधम निलज्ज लाज नहिं तोही।।
दो0- आपुहि सुनि खद्योत सम रामहि भानु समान।
परुष बचन सुनि काढ़ि असि बोला अति खिसिआन।।9।।

We covered up to Doha 8 of Sundar Kand in Ramcharit Manas of Tulsidas in the last post and this is further to it.

Hanuman, very distressed after looking at condition of Sita, kept sitting hiding behind the leaves on the tree and thought what should he do next. Right at that time Ravan, the villain, enter the precinct along with many women who were heavily made up. Ravan tried in many ways to convince Sita that it was good for her to agree to what he wanted and used all kinds of means including persuasion, enticement, intimidation and threat, and schism and alienation (though these are pillars of state policy but he foolishly tried them even here). Ravan said, “O Sita, you have a beautiful face and are wise; I promise to bring Mandodari (Ravan’s queen consort) and other concubines in your servitude, you have just to glance once in my direction.”

Vaidehi Sita, remembering her beloved Shri Ram, the king of Awadh, without looking at Ravan and keeping her attention fixed on a blade of grass held in her own hand, said, “Listen O Ten Headed Rascal, can it ever be the case that a lotus flower will open under glow of a fire-fly (lotus flowers bloom when the sun rises; she applied metaphor, sun for Shri Ram as scion of sun-dynasty Shri Ram, and fire-fly for Ravan as a small insignificant person).”

Janki Sita further told Ravan, “O You, wretched fool, just try to think seriously, you seem to be unaware of the arrow of Shri Ram (which took life of Bali, the other one, who had tried to infringe modesty of a woman and was killed by His arrow). O You, Dumb and Depraved, you carry no shame for abducting me when there was none around (neither my husband nor his brother).

Incensed and exasperate at being equated to a fire-fly himself and Shri Ram to sun and listening to Sita’s angry words, Ravan drew out his sword and prepared himself to reply back.

We have now covered up to Doha 9 of Sundar Kand.

Bhavani Shankar Ki Jai!
Shri Jankivallabhi Vijayatey!
Sant Samaj Ko Pranam!
Goswami Tulsidas Ki Jai!

HariOm,
Krishna Khandelwal

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